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Borowicz, Czinano and Micheaux add to women’s basketball’s 2021 class

Head coach Lindsay Whalen continues to build the Gophers program, adding top recruits, including four-star Alanna Micheaux.
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Gophers Forward Jasmine Powell approaches defenders in Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Gophers suffered a defeat against Michigan 52-77.

National Signing Day saw three 2021 recruits officially commit to the Gophers’ women’s basketball program.

Katie Borowicz, Maggie Czinano and Alanna Micheaux officially put pen to paper Wednesday afternoon confirming their commitment to the University of Minnesota. Each of the 2021 recruits officially signed their National Letter of intent, the school announced Thursday.

“I am thrilled to announce our 2021 Gopher Women’s basketball recruiting class,” head coach Lindsay Whalen said in a statement. “This trio brings us three extremely unselfish players who are willing to fill whatever role they need to in order to bring continued success to our program.”

Czinano, a local talent, currently attends Watertown-Mayer High School. She comes from a basketball family, as her older sister Monika is currently a member of the University of Iowa’s basketball team.

Czinano is listed at 5-foot-11 and plays predominantly at the one or two-guard position. She is a very skilled player on the offensive side of the ball, as she has shown the ability to create her own shot at a high level. Her elite length for her size makes her a very versatile defender.

Borowicz is listed at 5-foot-6 and spends most of her time at the point guard position. In 2019 as a junior, she averaged a remarkable 31 points for her high school team shooting 50% from the field and adding six rebounds and six steals per contest.

Borowicz is also a local product from Roseau High School, and she also comes from a basketball family. When Borowicz was a freshman on Rouseau’s varsity team, they went undefeated and won the state title in 2017. She shared the floor with her two older sisters, Kylie and Kacie. Kylie played two years at Minnesota State Moorhead, and Kacie just completed her first year at the University of North Dakota.

Micheaux a Wayne, Mich., native is the highest ranked recruit of the three. According to, she is rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 75 overall player in the country and the No. 9 power forward.

Listed at 6-foot-2, Micheaux will add height to the Gophers’ 2021 recruiting class. As a junior, she averaged 26.4 points, 14 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 2.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest. She led Wayne Memorial High School to district and regional championships along the way.

Czinano, Borowicz and Micheaux should all have the opportunity to contribute as soon as they step on campus. Whalen continues to be very successful in her hopes of keeping Minnesota’s local talent in-state to play for the Gophers, and her nationwide recruiting prowess continues to stand out.

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